Well it would seem that the anglophone supremacists driving the anti-Irish agenda in Fine Gael and the Labour Party are preparing themselves for a major victory as the legislation within the Gaeltacht Bill 2012 is likely to be rammed through Dáil Éireann with barely a breath for democratic, legislative or judicial accountability. Stage one of the final solution to Ireland’s Irish-speaking communities and citizens was achieved with the proposed scrapping of the separate office and role of the Language Commissioner. Stage two, the new Gaeltacht Bill, is about to be passed into law. Stage three, the gutting of the Official Languages Act of 2003, is a work in progress. Stage four, the degradation of the Irish language in the national education system is in preparation.
Stage five? The alteration of the status of the Irish language in the Constitution of Ireland as the sole national and first official language of the state?
From the Galway Independent:
“Galway West Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has expressed concern that the Government is attempting to force its controversial Gaeltacht Bill through the Houses of the Oireachtas without allowing sufficient time for debate.
The Bill was last week guillotined in the Seanad with just ten per cent of the proposed amendments debated and committee and remaining stages look set to be rushed through before the summer recess.
Deputy Ó Cuív said that is quite clear that the Government is trying to force this controversial piece of legislation through the Houses of the Oireachtas “without allowing enough time for public scrutiny and debate”.
Referring to the bill as it stands as “fundamentally flawed”, he said it is in desperate need of amendment.
He added that the bill spells an end of the democratic elections to the board of Údarás na Gaeltachta, giving powers to the Gaeltacht Minister to appoint many of the board members himself. The remainder of the board will be nominated by County Councillors, “many of whom have no connection with the Gaeltacht whatsoever”.
Deputy Ó Cuív’s concerns have been echoed by Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, who said there is a great deal of concern among many quarters at what is contained in the Bill, not just among political parties, but also among Irish language organisations, and within Gaeltacht communities.”
Meanwhile, a bit of meaningless window-dressing to distract the masses that proves just how hollow and empty the proposed new legislation will be. Via the Galway News:
“Galway is to become Ireland’s only “Gaeltacht Service City” as part of government plans to enhance the role of the Irish language.
The proposal is part of the Gaeltacht Bill which is being debated and voted on in the Dáil this week.
The measure provides for key support areas such as Galway City, Dingle and Dungarvan to be designated as “Gaeltacht Service” areas.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Galway West Deputy Sean Kyne says Galway would have a key role to play as Ireland’s only service city.”
Role? What role? How is anything going to change? What does “Service City” actually mean? The truth is no one really knows because it is an utterly meaningless, bureaucrat-speak title devoid of any substance.
English Ireland is trying to achieve what English Britain never could. The final death knell of Irish Ireland.